By Durrell Jackson ’16, Knightly News Sports Reporter
Nothing says family like football to this year’s St. Augustine High School team. New uniforms, a new head coach and an intense practice schedule are all elements of the team’s plan for the road to winning at all cost this season. Tackling the opponent, calculating sacks, increasing aggression, avoiding unnecessary hits, and critiquing mistakes made on the field last year, put practice at an accelerated pace for everyone. Friday, when the Purple Knights face-off against their rival, John Ehret, there will be something different about the game.
The scrimmage has players, coaches, and students on edge, ready for the season to kick-off. Senior, Paul Keller, wide receiver, views the game as crucial to the overall message they need to send to their competition, fans, and doubters. “I think me and all of the seniors took a leadership role by helping the team focus and come together as a family. This year instead of a team feel, I feel as if it is more as a family,” Keller said.
Bonding as a family, understanding and executing basic techniques, and trusting each other is all part of the overall master plan put in place by head coach, Al Jones. To Jones, the scrimmage is a test of chemistry between the team and the coaching staff.
Junior, Justice McCoy, may have the most pressure on him to perform beyond expectations. McCoy, after taking time this summer to improve his field presence and impact, returns as quarterback. Jones anticipates McCoy’s progress on “reads and throws” and his “pocket movement” to elevate the Purple Knights and eliminate errors.